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22 Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch Out For


While the Bay Area hold the title of most prolific startup ecosystem , there’s no denying that California is a veritable gold mine of entrepreneurial talent. Los Angeles, for one, is not only brimming with innovative ideas, it’s also home to a wide range of unique startups that are solving the problems of the world. Everyone knows that a startup is only as good as its leadership, which is why the 22 startups listed below are helmed by some of the best and brightest in Silicon Beach.

Interview with Ted Dhanik, engage:BDR


Ted Dhanik is co-founder and CEO of West Hollywood-based engage: BDR (, which recently just launched an influencer marketing platform aimed at Instagram.users. Ted was an executive at Myspace, as VP of Strategic Marketing, and was at LowerMyBills before that. Engage:BDR has just launched a platform which lets brands browse and discover influencers, create campaigns, and reach customers through limited time advertisements posted by those influencers.

SpaceX Settles Overtime Pay Class Action for $4 Million

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SpaceX settled an overtime pay class action with 4,100 workers on Wednesday for $4 million Raises $24M for “Pharma Markets” that Outsource R&D


San Diego’s set out in 2006 to disrupt part of the pharmaceutical business by providing an Amazon-like approach to the business of hiring contract research organizations (CROs).

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Kryptos Logic Emerges From Shadows After Halting WannaCry


Los Angeles-based Kryptos Logic has emerged from the shadows this week, after one of its researchers halted the massive WannaCry virus. The company, led by Salim Neino, employed 22-year old security researcher Marcus Hutchins, who halted the spread of the virus by registering a domain name coded into the virus source code. Hutchins is based in England. Kryptos Logic provides services around managed security, penetration, security consulting, incident response, and other areas.

Figuring It Out: Addressing Practices That Impact Women in Technology


The Women’s March, New Tech Northwest’s annual “Women in Tech” event, and International Women’s Day are just a few of the recent events prompting important conversations around inequality in the tech industry.

The Surest Sign You’re Winning is When Goliath Takes a Swing at You

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I’ve been involved with several startups where a giant incumbent attacks you and tries to sue you out of existence. When you first receive the threat it feels like the local pizza shop when they first get a call from the local mafia boss and you can feel the shake-down coming.

nVerge 2017

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 -- nVerge 2017. nVerge 2017—the must-attend technology conference—is back for the 5th year and better than ever! Join 400+ industry professionals to learn about the latest trends and technology updates for Microsoft, Oracle + NetSuite, SAP and a wealth of other technology solutions. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report May 19: Snap Executive Promotes Brand Engagement, Despite Slow User Growth

L.A. Business Journal

Snap executive promotes brand engagement, despite slow user growth, Fox developing ‘Alien’ multiplayer virtual reality game, and micro drone racing takes off in Los Angeles

The Virtual Reality's New VR Experience, Raising a Rukus, Debuts At IMAX


Los Angeles-based The Virtual Reality Company is rolling out its first, family-focused virtual reality (VR) experience tomorrow, called "Raising a Rukus" , through a partnership with IMAX. According to The Virtual Reality Company, its new family-oriented VR experience will debut at the IMAX VR Centre in Los Angeles on May 19. Raising a Rukus" is an animated, virtual reality experience focused on two twins who have found a dog with a "magical secret".

Study Stakes San Diego’s Claim in Genomics: $292M in 2016 VC Deals


Preliminary findings from an economic impact study show that genomics is emerging as a distinct innovation cluster in San Diego. The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

Think like a general! Create strategies and tactics now.


If you have been following the last several weeks of these postings, then now we’re getting organized. There are many ways to express the road map for your enterprise. One of the most popular was used by the U.S.

POSiBLE LA Entrepreneur Summit

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Saturday, May 20, 2017 -- POSiBLE LA Entrepreneur Summit. POSiBLE LA Entrepreneur Summit, a one-day event to empower aspiring business owners to build their ideas and grow their companies. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from LA's top entrepreneurs and self-made professionals on how to plan, finance, structure, launch and grow a business. Univision Los Angeles, Wells Fargo Bank and The Adelante Movement presented by Coca-Cola.

Silicon Beach Report May 18: Social Native Raises $8 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Social Native raises $8 million, former Yahoo interim CEO joins SteelHouse board, and DogVacay to shut down and transition customers to Rover

Signal Sciences: Protecting Web Apps In The Era Of DevOps, with Andrew Peterson


In today's world of web application development, speed is everything. Developers are now turning out code and releasing it live to the world in near real time--what is called DevOps and Agile development. In that world, the risk of security holes is huge. Venice Beach-based Signal Sciences ( has created sofdtware designed for those application developers to help protect those web applications.

Aira Raises $12M to Expand Services for Blind and Visually Impaired


After beta testing technology that provides remote assistant services for the blind, San Diego-based Aira has raised $12 million in a Series B round that it says will enable the company to expand its service to thousands of visually impaired users this year.

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Proofpoint Uncovers Second Cyberattack That Uses Stolen NSA Tools


Cybersecurity company Proofpoint, which helped slow the sweeping global ransomware attack WannaCry after it emerged Friday, has now discovered a much more insidious, profitable, and potentially widespread cyberattack called Adylkuzz. Adylkuzz doesn’t demand, as WannaCry does, that victims pay a ransom to retrieve their data. Adylkuzz makes no announcement when it quietly invades target computers.

Cybersecurity Firm Iboss Expands in Boston, Not Abandoning San Diego


Iboss, a San Diego-based cybersecurity firm that opened a small satellite office in Boston last year , has expanded its presence in Massachusetts and decided to designate the local outpost as its corporate headquarters. Iboss held an event Wednesday to announce that it’s moving into a new 20,000-square-foot space in downtown Boston and naming it the company’s head office. Massachusetts Gov.

The Reconfigurable Future of Healthcare


Data plays a more central role in healthcare than ever before. It won’t be long before every person’s genome is sequenced at birth, with follow-up sequencing done at regular intervals throughout life.

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Ionis Touts Phase 3 Win, But Safety Worries Cloud Nerve Drug Study


Two RNA-based drugs for the same disease, a rare, crippling nerve condition called familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) with no available treatments in the U.S., could soon be under an FDA review at the same time.

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Bio Roundup: Termeer Tribute, ASCO Peeks, Califf’s New Gigs & More


Exhausted by the nonstop drama in Washington, DC? Immerse yourself instead in this week’s biotech headlines. Let’s start with a tribute to a life sciences icon, then we’ll head around the Xconomy network with early news from the nation’s big yearly cancer meeting. There was also momentum onthe IPO front and new gigs for high-profile folks (with just one stop on Capitol Hill along the way, we promise). Let’s get right to it.

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5 Takeaways From the WannaCry Ransomware Attack


This may be the incident that finally pushes ransomware into the mainstream—and also forces both organizations and malicious hackers to adapt their approaches when it comes to this type of attack.

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TealTech Capital Gets $60M For Medtech Fund, Makes First Investment


San Diego-based TealTech Capital , a new, $60M venture investment fund backed by Torrey Pines Investment, has launched its new investment fund, and made its first investment. Torrey Pines Investment said on Tuesday that the new fund will focus on start-ups in the areas of point-of-care diagnostics and treatment, novel organizational and financial models of health services delivery, including in-home and virtual care, as well as artificial intelligence and deep learning healthcare support systems.

Leaf Group Names Two VPs


Santa Monica-based Leaf Group Ltd. , the firm that runs, eHow, Society6, Saatchi Art, and other sites, said on Monday that it has named Jay Ku as Senior Vice President, Advertising and Brand Solutions, and Ruben Baerga as General Manager of Society6. Ku will head up Leaf Group's internal sales and advertising team, and Baerga will run Society6, Leaf Group's print-on-demand marketplace.

Truepic Finds $1.75M


San Diego-based Truepic , a company developing mobile apps which help to certify that images--such as those for real estate, car rentals, home rentals, and online dating--have not been modified or altered before uploading, has raised $1.75M in a seed funding round. The company said funding came from angels such as Jeffrey Parker (FirstCall, Thomson Financial), Andrew "Flip" Flipipowski (Platinum Technology, SilkRoad); and William Sahlman (Harvard Business School).

Ross Levinsohn Joins SteelHouse's Board


Los Angeles-based advertising software developer SteelHouse announced on Thursday that it has named Ross Levinsohn, the former CEO of Yahoo!, to its board of directors. Levinsohn, who is a well known advisor and investor in the digital media and technology market, has previously served as CEO of Yahoo!, Fox Interactive Media, and Guggenheim Digital Media.

Swell Launches Social Impact Investing Platform


Newport Beach-based Swell , a new fintech startup, said on Tuesday that it has launched a new online platform which lets consumers invest in specific portfolios focused on social impact. Swell said it lets users invest as little as $500 into such themed investments in the areas of green technology, renewable energy, zero waste, clean water, healthy living, and disease eradication.

Envision the Future: Request Your Invite to Our Napa Summit June 8-9


We are getting down to the wire—just two and a half weeks until Xconomy’s most unique, up close and personal event of the year: our sixth annual Napa Summit: The Xconomy Retreat on Technology, Jobs, and Growth. We have only about 20 spots left open, and a number of those will likely go fast.